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Emerging methods

Digital printing technologies (like print on demand) have enabled more cost-effective print runs, while digital publication is becoming increasingly common as publishers move online to take advantage of the Internet’s global distribution.

Scholars in all disciplines are discovering that they can combine their traditional scholarly service as editors and peer reviewers with departmental, library or independent hosting to publish open journals, books, and data outside the commercial publishing channels.

Some of the options available are listed below. Please feel free to follow any of the links that interest you, and see your librarian for more information.

Open Access 

Australian Open Access Journals – a list compiled by the Australian Open Access
Support Group (AOASG)

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. Check journals for quality with Journal metrics.  

PLOS - the Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a non-profit publisher. PLOS one is the world’s largest journal. All content is peer-reviewed and published with a CC BY license. Author Processing Charges (APCs) apply.

USQ ePrints – USQ’s institutional repository - our official archive for research output

SHERPA/RoMEO - RoMEO is a searchable database of publishers’ policies regarding the self-archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories

Knowledge Unlatched - Knowledge Unlatched is a not-for-profit organisation that is coordinating a global coalition of libraries that will share the costs of making your book Open Access. Your book will still be published in formats that people will need to pay for.

Peer J – pay for a lifetime publishing plan, which gives you the ability to publish your OA articles with Peer J for free

Scholarly Social Networks - a platform for academics to share research papers, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow.

ResearchGate – connect with other researchers to share and access scientific output, knowledge, and expertise. Get statistics on views, downloads and citations of your work.

Digital data curation 


Australian National Data Service (ANDS)

Research Data Australia - Find, access, and re-use data for research - from over one hundred Australian research organisations, government agencies, and cultural institutions

USQ ePrints – You can enter metadata about your data collection so that descriptions and access conditions are available to others

Publishing on the web

The Conversation an independent source of news and opinion, sourced from the academic and research community, written for a general audience

eSpaces – web platform for research collaborations with options for self-contained web portals for research and group projects

Blogger – Google owned blogging platform

Wordpress - web software you can use to create a website, blog, or app

Peer Review 

Academic Karma - a peer-review network and platform that enables authors to get journal-independent peer review from experts in their field (not available to USQ researchers)

Peerage of Science - submit a manuscript to Peerage of Science before submitting to any journal, then either accept a direct publishing offer from a subscribing journal, or choose to export the peer reviews to any journal of your choice

Publons - Record, verify, and showcase your peer review contributions you can include in job and funding applications

PubPeer - Run by the PubPeer Foundation, a non-profit corporation, this online platform allows for community interaction and for post-publication peer review